A Weekend of Accomplishment.

What's shakin', bacon?
(Sorry, I spend a weekend with John and all his phrases rub off on me.)

I had an awesome(ly productive) weekend, and I want to tell you all about it. Rest assured, this is a totally random post with absolutely no real purpose. To make things easy {and no more purposeful}, I'll break it down by day, 'cause I'm considerate like that. 

John got home this morning! Yee Yee! After he took a little nap (he left work at midnight and drove 10 hours home) we headed to the hardware store to grab wood for the raised beds we are adding to our backyard. I know it's not really the right time of year to be adding raised beds, but we might not get the chance to do this for several more months. Time is of the essence, friends!

We were able to have lunch together and even take a nap.

Naps are amazing. 

Then, we provided respite care for a little boy - an baby, actually. Ten months old. This is the dude we hoped to adopt and found out that it's not going to happen.

He will likely go back to his birth family...when they get their shit together. His foster family is out of town so I watched him on Wednesday, Thursday, and tonight. He has visits with his birth parents all day long, so we really only cared for him for a few hours in the evening and while he slept. 

As a side note, we have officially decided to withdrawal our foster/respite license on August 1st, and will be 'adopt-only' licensed for one more year, just in case this little man's circumstances change. 

This morning we went to a Sustainable Backyard Tour, which was hosted for Homegrown Lifestyle participants. I took a Homegrown Lifestyle class last spring through the Iowa State Extension Office and learned so much about being more self-sufficient. They have tours of local farms and backyards every month. This tour was kick ass. We got to see what another couple was doing in a little less than an acre.

We also met this really cool, young couple {hey, John and Sarah!} from our area. Not many younger people took the Homegrown Lifestyle class last year with me, but these two spring chickens took the class this year and go on all of the tours. It was refreshing to connect with like-minded people who are actually our age. It seems like many of my friends who are into this 'sustainable living' idea are quite a bit older than me. 

After our backyard tour, we got right to work building the three new raised beds.

I'm so tempted to throw in a before and after, but I can't. I want to build up a little suspense, so I'll tell you all about it in a post later this week.

In the evening John played bass with his band at a local blues festival.

As a hobby (and for a minuscule amount of cash) he plays in a band in his free time. Y'all should 'like' them on Facebook. And then go 'like' The Sustainable Couple's Facebook page.

In the afternoon we went to family dinner with John's sisters. Every Sunday the family gets together for a potluck style dinner. For the last 5 months I've went to family dinner solo - for the first time, John got to join in on the fun! We had a blast, as always. The whole family ordered pizza from one of John's sister's pizza restaurants, we 'played' volleyball, and hung out on the back deck.

When we got home, we spent some time in the garden.

Then, we had to wait for it to get dark so John could put the finishing touches on the fancy lighting for our front porch.


John leaves tonight around 9 p.m. for Arkansas. He'll be there until the end of August, and since that's only a little over a month from now, I won't be going back down there to visit.

I'm sad. So is John.

That's life {for us} right now.

Carry on.

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